Category: Museums

Mad about Museums

Library, garden, gallery

I posted a quote a month ago, which¬†said “If you have a library and a garden, you have everything you need.” If you add the word “gallery” to that, you have The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in…

They did what?

Newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst stocked his private library at Hearst Castle with 4,000 books and a collection of 150 ancient Greek vases. But in the 1930s, his companion Marion Davies and comedian Harpo Marx used to move the furniture…

Under the deep blue sea

If you want to see otters, penguins, octopi, jellyfish and sharks up close, the place to do so is at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. But it’s more than just an assemblage of sea life. The Aquarium’s mission is…

A tale of three libraries

The early 20th century was an incredible period of library building in the United States and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was its main driver. He gave $55 million dollars to communities all over the world between 1889 and 1923 to establish…

Balboa Park’s Spanish style

Even though I had heard that Balboa Park in San Diego was the location where two major expositions had been held in the early 20th century, I didn’t realize that the buildings from these events were still in existence and…

Stuck at the La Brea Tar Pits

You wouldn’t think that swanky Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles would be the home of mud and goo, but the La Brea Tar Pits have been around a whole lot longer than Saks Fifth Avenue or Neiman Marcus. Asphalt (not…

Water art

Fountains at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The colourful Calder fountain is especially interesting because water and wind move the elements of this iconic 1964 metal and paint sculpture.